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Give start-up teams a fighting chance

Updated: April 7, 2009, 3:45 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Few things in sports are more difficult than starting a new team at the Sprint Cup level.

Tommy Baldwin and Jeremy Mayfield knew that going in, but many of their fans are finding out just how tough it can be.

Lots of people had high hopes for Baldwin and Mayfield, two longtime NASCAR competitors, this year.

Baldwin was a Cup crew chief for 11 seasons, but lost his job when Bill Davis Racing folded after last season.

Mayfield raced in Cup for 12 seasons, has five ...

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